Members of the 2018-2022 Orangeville Council were sworn into office December 3rd by Justice Richard Schwarzl.
In his inaugural address, Orangeville Mayor Sandy Brown spoke about Orangeville’s liveability and the contributing roles of the arts, theatre and music communities, as well as recreational opportunities. He talked about the need to support diversity in career opportunities for young people by fostering skilled trades training in Dufferin County, and about balancing continued growth of the Town with environmental sustainability through the development of a Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan.
While recognizing the amenities of Orangeville, Mayor Brown also acknowledged that the Town must manage its expectations. “We need to balance need with our very real budgetary challenges,” said Mayor Brown. “The needs of our residents are varied – it is important that we foster alliances and partnerships to gain synergy and efficiencies.”
Mayor Brown thanked the voters for their support, along with all of the candidates who ran in this year’s municipal election. He thanked his family: sons Tyler and Spencer, sister Kim and his partner Leslie, along with his campaign team.
“We come before you tonight elated by the results and humbled by the support of so many of our residents,” he said on behalf of all of the members of the Council elect.
Deputy Mayor Andy Macintosh said that he’s looking forward to working with the new members of council. He stated that the Town “will be led for the next four years by a Council with not only fresh faces, but fresh ideas; a Council with members who will not only work with each other, but will work with our neighbours.”
Councillors Joe Andrews, Grant Peters, Lisa Post, Debbie Sherwood, and Todd Taylor thanked their families and voters and acknowledged the privilege of serving on Orangeville Council.
The next meeting of Orangeville Council is set for December 10 at 7 p.m. in the newly-renovated Council Chambers at 87 Broadway.